Using the keyboard is pretty simple. You first have to obviously plug in the cable. It’s nice that Thermaltake has included a cable which can be removed from both ends, so it’s not tied down to the keyboard. I wish more companies would follow this path. Once you power up the keyboard for the first time you’re greeted with a bright red back light illumination.
Once you get over all of the “ooing” and “awwwing” you can pull out the software CD and install the keyboard software. The program layout is pretty simple. Along the top you have your profile selection (1-4), as well as the version number and of course the keyboard branding. On the top right of the keyboard is your reset, register, and help buttons. The main area of the program shows an illuminated keyboard. Towards the right you have your light adjustments, a timer (not sure what the point of this is), and you’re load/save/upload profiles buttons. Towards the bottom you have the ability to change the T keys manually. What’s nice is that when you put your mouse over a “T” key it will actually show you where the “T” key is located on the keyboard. You have the following options to choose from when configuring your “T” keys: Macro, Cut, Copy, Paste, Undo, All, Find, New, Print, Save, and Launch.
All of the configurations are pretty self-explanatory, but only the Macro and Launch settings bring up a choice of change. The launch setting allows you to select a program to launch, but the Macro setting brings up a whole new Macro Key Set Up window. In the Macro window you have the ability to Record and Stop keystrokes as well as manually remove any unwanted keystrokes. The delay time is recorded, but you can always add or remove time for each keystroke.
After configuring all of your settings you can begin to adjust to your keyboard. It took me some time to get adjusted to the layout of the keyboard because of the extra keys on the left side. I would be used to using keys in the lower left corner, control for example, and would find myself pressing the T5 key instead. It took me a couple of days to get used to the layout and feel of the keyboard, but it does feel great.